Commander Heyen

Commanding Officer, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30

26 October 2020 A native of Otoe, Nebraska, Commander Heyen graduated from Tulane University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science. CDR Heyen was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and after serving six months at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL as an Assistant Ship’s Officer, reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training in December 2001. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in December 2003, and in January 2004, reported to the VAW-120 “Greyhawks” for initial fleet training as a C-2A Carrier Onboard Delivery pilot.

CDR Heyen began his operational flying in January 2005 with the “Providers” of VRC-30. He made two deployments, aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in 2005 and USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) in 2007, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour CDR Heyen upgraded from Third Pilot to Instructor Pilot while fulfilling the roles of Legal Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer.

Following his initial fleet tour, CDR Heyen was selected to return to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 as an instructor pilot in January 2008. There he served as the C-2A Student Control Officer and the Aircraft Division Officer, while also acting as the Subject Matter Expert for both the CNS/ATM Digital Cockpit and eight-blade upgrades to the C-2A Greyhound. During his tenure as an instructor pilot, he was selected as the C-2A (Shore) Greyhound Pilot of the Year.

After 13 months onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, CDR Heyen returned to VRC-30 as a Department Head in 2012. This time he completed both a RIMPAC Exercise and an eight-month deployment aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, serving as C-2A detachment Officer-in-Charge for both deployments. When not deployed he served as the Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer.

Following his Department Head tour, CDR Heyen was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, serving as a Joint Operational Planner and J5 Directorate Executive Assistant for United States Africa Command. During his tenure, he led a Joint Planning Team in the authoring of a new USAFRICOM Level 2 CONPLAN and supported one Air Force Major General, one U.S. Ambassador, one Army Brigadier General, one Air Force Brigadier General, and one Senior Executive Service Member as their Executive Assistant. CDR Heyen then returned to VRC-30 as the Executive Officer in December of 2018.

CDR Heyen has accumulated over 2,300 flight hours and 200 carrier arrestments, trapping onboard every active aircraft carrier in the United States inventory. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service awards and ribbons.
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